Serial Tiller

When it comes to ripping people off, John Tiller and the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team just keep going and going

Tiller continues to play a leading role in the firm.

Don Murphy, a recent law-school graduate with a title of senior legal assistant, says Tiller sat in on his job interview when he was hired by Cato in October. "He sat there and asked me a couple of questions," Murphy says. "What input he had on the decision, I don't know."

Murphy, who is studying for the state bar exam, says the Civil Rights Legal Defense Team is making progress under Cato.

Roy Tompkins
It was during his time in Leavenworth that John Tiller says he realized inmates needed legal help: "I saw people beaten, I saw people abused, I saw people set up, I saw everything."
It was during his time in Leavenworth that John Tiller says he realized inmates needed legal help: "I saw people beaten, I saw people abused, I saw people set up, I saw everything."

"There are a lot of things that are still wrong with that place, but ... it's important to know what she has done to clean that place up," Murphy says. "For the first time since I've been there, the clients that are coming in now are getting immediate legal help. The work being put out is better than it's ever been."

Murphy also says he's feeling more secure about his paychecks. "There have been some issues, especially in the past, where I was told to either hold off on cashing a paycheck or cash it immediately," he says. "It's not something I worry about anymore."

Except for Tiller, the four-member staff has changed since Cato arrived. Cato says Tiller is still on board "because he does his job."

"If he wasn't, he wouldn't be here," she says.

Cato says she knew Tiller had a criminal history but admits she didn't know its extent. "I'm going to assume that you'll tell me," she says. Told the number of convictions, she asks whether they all stemmed from the same case. She won't say whether she knew Tiller is on parole.

"I don't want to go into that whole line of things, but let me say this: Part of our practice is working to try to get parole for people," she says. "I think that people who are on parole shouldn't necessarily be stigmatized because they're on parole."

Does she trust Tiller?

"Well, that's a helluva question, isn't it?" she says.

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